Building Performance Training Center

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance funds new center at Cincinnati State: Area contractors can earn credentials for green jobs 

CINCINNATI – December 5, 2011– The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance awarded a $500,000 grant to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to fund a new center that will train contractors to perform energy efficiency upgrades for homeowners.

The Building Performance Training Center, which will incorporate national standards into its curriculum, is designed to provide employers with a pool of credentialed workers for jobs involving energy efficiency analysis and improvements to existing buildings. It will be run by Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center in Evendale.

“Industry leaders and contractors have been telling us there is a shortage of skilled and credentialed workforce,’’ said Energy Alliance Executive Director Andy Holzhauser. “The creation of standard guidelines to train and certify contractors helps homeowners have the confidence and assurance to hire a home performance contractor to perform a home energy upgrade.”

An Energy Alliance Contractor 101 Training program set for December 6 and 7 will orientate new home performance contractors and installers into the Home Performance with Energy Star program. 

Jim Tenhundfeld, Project and Workforce Assurance Manager at Cincinnati State, said the Building Performance Training Center’s training modules will include such topics as:

  • Air sealing/insulation
  • Combustion safety
  • Building analysis
  • Contractor screening and approval

Each of these areas will involve intensive training on specialized subtopics. For example, in one class contractors will learn how to lower energy loss from air leakage, as well as reduce pollutants and allergens through air migration.

The center is an outgrowth of a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to create National Worker Certification Standards and Training Program accreditation for building weatherization services using a whole-building approach to energy efficiency investments. By the summer of 2012, Tenhundfeld and Holzhauser said DOE expects to have National Worker Certification standards established for such home energy retrofit job classifications as energy auditor, installer/technician, crew leader, and quality assurance inspector.

The goal of the grant is to develop a sustainable business model for the training center so that it can sustain itself beyond the grant period.

“The partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is an excellent opportunity for Cincinnati State to provide certified training for local contractors participating in the program,’’ Tenhundfeld said. “Our goal is to provide the best national and certified training programs available anywhere.”

In 2010, the Energy Alliance was one of 25 communities in the nation to receive a grant through the DOE’s Better Buildings program for energy efficiency investments in Hamilton County in Ohio and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky.

In May of 2010, the Energy Alliance began with three home performance contractors in Greater Cincinnati and completed five home energy upgrades during the first couple of months. Today, the Energy Alliance has 15 approved home performance contractors working in its four-county territory and has completed more than 325 home energy upgrades. The Energy Alliance’s goal is to weatherize thousands of area homes and non-profit buildings.

To learn more about the certified classes available through Cincinnati State please visit http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/wdc.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs. Visit www.greatercea.org

The Workforce Development Center (WDC) at Cincinnati State provides career training for individuals and meets the needs of corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profits for high-value workforce education and training that fits their specific content, timetable, and location requirements. Organizations of all sizes count on WDC experts to enhance their employees’ professional skills, teach new skills, re-train, and deliver highly customized, hands-on training programs. Visit www.cincinnatistate.edu/wdc/

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Energy Efficiency Market Study

Energy Improvements Can Save Greater Cincinnati $60 Million and Create Over 300 Local Jobs

CINCINNATI, OHIO  – December 2,  2011– Energy efficiency upgrades to the area’s homes and non-profit buildings can save area residents $60 million in lower energy bills and create more than 300 local jobs, according to a study released today by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

The study, conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, is the first of its kind in the region. Researchers found that routine energy upgrades, such as installing more insulation and reducing drafts, as well as upgrading heating and air conditioning units, will also reduce energy related air pollution.

“My Mom used to say: ‘Close the door, you are letting the heat out.’ That’s what we have here. Our house is our community and we have dollars leaking out,’’ said Jeff Rexhausen, associate director of research at the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center. “The dollars are leaking out because we are spending them on energy. If we saved money on energy, we could spend our money on other things and that would improve our local economy. That’s really what this report is about.’’

Researchers of the study, commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, examined energy, building, census, and environmental data for Hamilton, Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties – which are all served by the non-profit group. The Energy Alliance provides low-cost financial incentives for homeowners and non-profit groups to make energy efficiency upgrades. The report, “The Energy Efficiency Market in the Greater Cincinnati Region: Energy Savings Potential and Strategies to Improve Performance of Residential and Non-Profit Buildings,” quantifies the level of economic impact those upgrades can make to the region.

The findings were shared last month with leaders from local governments, businesses, banks and foundations to increase awareness and spur continued partnership with the Energy Alliance.

Researchers found that if 69,000 homeowners and 460 non-profits make energy improvements using the Energy Alliance’s program, they would save $22.2 million in 2020 and $59.6 million in lower energy bills in 2030.  Further, most homeowners would see immediate cash savings in the first year of the energy upgrade and an average savings of $500 a year for 18 years.  

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is one of only 35 organizations in the country to be awarded a grant through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.  The mission of the program is to transform the energy efficiency market.  What that means for The Energy Alliance is investing in technology, workforce development, and financing solutions to dramatically increase both the supply and demand of the market.

To date, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has provided expertise and funding to weatherize 325 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky homes with such improvements.

“We know heating and air-conditioning systems, as well as windows, will be upgraded as usual,’’ said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. “But now we can both drive new work and have a role in the existing market to make sure it’s getting done in a more efficient manner. We now can generate new investment in our economy.”

As homeowners save money on their energy bills, their spending will shift and create the need for jobs in other sectors of the local economy, researchers said.  They calculated that around 317 local jobs would be created in 2030 in the areas of construction and manufacturing as well as in trades and services.  Those jobs would pump an additional $13 million into the local economy.

“Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy resource available to the Cincinnati region. The Energy Alliance programs are a great deal for home and building owners who take advantage of them, utility customers on the whole, and the economy of the region in general,” said the report’s lead author Eric Mackres, who is a Senior Policy Analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Researchers also projected  that energy upgrades provided through Energy Alliance programs would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 250,000 metric tons, nitrogen oxides by 340 metric tons and sulfur dioxide by 1,640 metric tons in 2030.

“This really has a triple bottom line: We can each make an investment in our homes, and in doing so, we will make an economic investment in our community that has a societal benefit as well as benefits to our earth and the climate,’’ Holzhauser said.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs. Visit www.greatercea.org.

The University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center,founded in 1977, is a leading provider of economic resources for educators, students, businesses, and public agencies.  Visit www.economicscenter.org

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit www.aceee.org.

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Contractors on the Front Line of Energy Efficiency Fight

What does it take for an energy professional to become an energy efficiency professional?

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance was tasked to not only to facilitate energy efficiency improvements with homeowners and building owners in the Greater Cincinnati region, but to empower local contractors to expand their scope to include the bigger picture of energy efficiency.

In 2011, Dan Monk of the Cincinnati Business Courier wrote an article about our initial efforts with local contractors.

Read it here

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Success of Forest Park Energy Efficiency Program Sparks Second Phase

FOREST PARK – October 10, 2011 – Just in time for cooler weather, the city of Forest Park and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance are again offering Forest Park residents financial incentives to make energy improvements to their homes.

The Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program is contributing $20,000, which will go toward insulation and air sealing, as part of the city’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program. This is the second time the city and the Energy Alliance have teamed up to offer residents a reduced cost energy assessment and access to incentives that could save them up to 50 percent off of home energy improvements.

“We were delighted with the results of the first phase of the project, which resulted in 89 homeowners receiving comprehensive energy assessments and 49 homes getting energy improvements. ’’ said Andy Holzhauser Executive Director, of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. “Homeowners saw immediate savings on their energy bills and can expect to see up to a 15 percent savings on their annual utility bills.”

The Energy Alliance and Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program contributed a total $400,000 toward the energy improvements in the first phase, which started in February 2011. The home energy improvements included air and duct sealing, installation of new windows and insulation as well as HVAC replacements.

Leaders from Forest Park, along with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, hope that the second phase of the project will lead to dozens of new home energy improvement projects. Wright Gwyn, Program Manager for the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program shared his enthusiasm for the program noting that, “the combination of increasing residential comfort while reducing energy costs is definitely a win-win type of program. It is my hope we can continue this program for many years to come.”

The continuation of the program is important to Forest Park leaders, because of the value it provides to residents. Chuck Johnson, Forest Park City Mayor shared that, “the City is very fortunate to be able to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. The combination of their resources with those from our Environmental Awareness Program will allow our residents to identify and make energy efficiency improvements to their homes which will benefit them for many years.”

Under the program, residents pay $50 for a comprehensive energy assessment of their home, which would normally retail for between $400 and $500. Forest Park residents benefit from anadditional 15 percent on top of the 35 percent incentive made available to greater Cincinnati home owners. In addition, home owners can apply for 6.99 percent low-interest financing.

For more information or to sign up for an assessment, residents can go to http://www.forestpark.org/environmental.

The Forest Park Residential Energy Efficiency Program is a project of the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program, which is a department under the City of Forest Park. The Environmental Awareness Program is committed to fostering a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility among citizens, businesses, institutions, and governmental agencies towards the enhancement of local, regional, and global environmental quality.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise, and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs.

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AmeriCorps Outreach Results

Energy Alliance and AmeriCorps Team reached out to 13,000 Households to Bring Energy Savings to Greater Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Cincinnati, OH- Sept. 12, 2011 – A summer program to find residents interested in saving money on their home’s energy costs was extremely successful, according to the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

The Energy Alliance, working with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps., reached out to 13,000 homes during a seven-week, door-to-door canvass of four area counties this summer and spoke to over 2,000 homeowners. More than 600 homeowners said they were interested in a reduced-cost home energy assessment offered from the Energy Alliance. The $50 home energy assessment, which has a market rate between $400 and $500, is the first step in the Energy Alliance’s Home Performance Program which brings comfort and energy savings to homeowners.

The canvass, conducted in communities in Hamilton, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, concluded Sept. 7.

“Their work will provide us invaluable market data to help further drive demand for our services, as customers more readily understand that energy efficiency investment helps them save money, increase the comfort in their homes, and contribute to the economic development of their community,’’ said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Energy Alliance.

The canvassers provided interested homeowners with energy saving tips, as well as information on the Energy Alliance’s offerings to local homeowners, which includes cash incentives of up to 35% and a low-interest 6.99% loan towards home energy improvements.

AmeriCorps member Justin Tucker said he enjoyed the work: “Being able to walk through and canvass so many different neighborhoods in Cincinnati was incredible and really inspired me to want to make Cincinnati energy efficient.”

The NCCC team also played a key role in a collaborative low-income weatherization effort in the Avondale community.

Anyone interested in an assessment or learning more about the Energy Alliance can go to www.greatercea.org or call 513- 621-4232.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs.   The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise, and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs.

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Americorps

Energy Alliance and AmeriCorps Team up to bring Energy Savings to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Neighborhoods

CINCINNATI – July 19, 2011 — The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is welcoming the arrival of nine AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to work on an exciting summer outreach campaign promoting energy efficiency programs and services from July 19 – Sept. 8. The group of 18 to 24 year olds from the NCCC will be leading the Energy Alliance’s door-to-door summer canvas, as well as a weatherization project effort in Avondale.

Over the next two months, the summer canvass aims to reach 15,000 homes in select neighborhoods across Hamilton, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. Starting this Thursday and Friday AmeriCorps NCCC members will visit residents in Newport and Ft. Thomas. Next week, NCCC members will be visiting homeowners in Union, Walton and Hebron.

The goal of the canvass is to increase awareness of the Energy Alliance and its offerings to local homeowners, including cash incentives of up to 35 percent. NCCC members will be canvassing daily, providing homeowners with information on basic energy efficiency, as well as the opportunity to sign up for the Energy Alliance’s home performance program.

Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Energy Alliance highlighted the importance of the project, “AmeriCorps members are providing a valuable service to the Greater Cincinnati community by sharing energy efficiency resources to help home-owners save money and invest in the value of their homes.” This program allows homeowners in Greater Cincinnati to receive a reduced-cost home energy assessment for $50 ($400 -$500 market rate), as well as the opportunity to take advantage of cash incentives and low-interest loans for making energy efficient improvements to their home.

The NCCC team will also play a key role in a collaborative weatherization effort in the Avondale community. People Working Cooperatively, the Energy Alliance, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation have partnered to provide selected homes in Avondale with weatherization and energy efficiency improvements.

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. The full-time, team based, residential program partners with non-profits, as well as other local, state, and federal groups nationwide to complete service projects lasting six to eight weeks that address critical needs related to things like disasters, infrastructure improvement, and energy conservation. Members are based out of 5 regional campuses nationwide, and are assigned to projects within their region.

“During team leader training we were given the opportunity to rank our priorities for areas to work in and energy conservation was my top choice,’’ said NCCC team leader D.J. Bernat. “Energy conservation projects are kind of rare in NCCC, and getting one is a really great opportunity.”

The team brings experience in home repair from a previous assignment with Habitat for Humanity. “Proper home weatherization can not only save the homeowner hundreds of dollars per year, it also makes homes more fiscally viable for the future” said corps member Michael Carter.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise, and financing to help the region become more energy efficient. The Energy Alliance also saves homeowners money and creates local jobs.

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Green Your Home Semifinalists

Uptown Consortium and Energy Alliance Announce Green Your Home Contest Semifinalists

CINCINNATIUptown Consortium, a local non-profit development corporation dedicated to economic development in Uptown Cincinnati, and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, a non-profit committed to energy efficiency investment through project support and financing solutions, today announced five semi-finalists in the Green Your Home contest launched on May 11.  

There were 54 applicants for the Green Your Home contest residing in the Uptown neighborhoods of Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Clifton Heights, Fairview, University Heights, and Mt. Auburn. Uptown residents applied through an online portal, providing details about their homes’ energy use to a panel of ten judges. Applications were reviewed and semi-finalists were named based in part on their ability to demonstrate a dedication to energy efficiency.

“The number of entries for the Green Your Home contest exceeded our expectations,” said Janelle Lee, director of business and community affairs with the Uptown Consortium. “The high level of interest from Uptown homeowners reinforces what we suspected—that our community understands the importance of energy efficiency and how our neighborhoods can be a leader in sustainability.”

Each of the five semi-finalists will receive a free energy assessment of their home in August. Depending on need, the grand prize winner will receive a free full home energy efficiency improvement that may include insulation, air and duct sealing, and equipment improvements, plus up to a $1,000 in energy efficient windows – totaling up to $7,500 in home energy improvements.

The five Green Your Home Contest semifinalists are:

  • Ozie Davis of Avondale
  • Cindy Lewis of CUF
  • Michael Elovitz of Clifton
  • Sharon Morgan of Mt. Auburn
  • Vesta Cox of Corryville

Cindy Lewis, a finalist from the CUF neighborhood, explained the measures she has taken to make her home more energy efficient but would like additional expertise offered through the Green Your Home prize.

“We have two homemade rain barrels to save water. Additionally, we compost all of our discarded vegetables and recycle, and participate in Duke Energy’s air conditioning program to reduce peak loads,” said Lewis. “We also seal our upstairs windows with plastic during the winter, and we installed insulating blankets on our water heater and foam sleeves on the water pipes to help save on heating.”

According to Lilah Glick, Energy Alliance marketing and community outreach director, the grand prize winner will be chosen from the five semifinalists. “The selected home-owner will receive immediate benefits through savings on their utility bills and increased home comfort.  This is a great story they can share with their neighbors and the greater community.”

About Uptown Consortium

The Uptown Consortium (www.uptowncincinnati.com) is a non-profit community development corporation dedicated to the economic development of Uptown Cincinnati.  The organization was formed by the chief executive officers of Uptown’s largest employers and the area’s leading tourist attraction: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (The Christ Hospital and University Hospital), TriHealth, Inc. (Good Samaritan Hospital) and University of Cincinnati.  Combined, the consortium members employ nearly 50,000 people, have a payroll of $1.4 billion, and produce an annual economic impact of over $3 billion.

About Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (www.greatercea.org) is a regional nonprofit that provides reduced-cost energy assessments, low-interest loan programs, and energy improvement incentives to residents of 1-2 family owner-occupied homes and building owners of Hamilton County in Ohio and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky. The Energy Alliance’s mission is to facilitate investment in energy efficiency for homeowners, non-profits, and commercial building owners through outreach and education, project management, and financing solutions. These investments result in savings on utility bills, increased comfort, and the creation of jobs for local contractors.

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Green Your Home

Green Your Home Contest

On Wednesday, May 11, we introduced an exciting new contest for residents in Uptown Cincinnati neighborhoods. Homeowners in Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Clifton Heights, Fairview, University Heights, and Mt. Auburn can enter to win a free full home energy improvement, valued at up to $7500.

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Uptown logoWHAT: Kickoff event for the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (Energy Alliance) and Uptown Consortium to announce the Green Your Home contest, a non-profit home energy improvement initiative for single-family homeowners residing in the Uptown neighborhoods.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10 a.m.

LogoLongWHERE: Clifton Plaza 333 Ludlow Avenue
Rain Location: Aquarius Star Restaurant 329 Ludlow Avenue

WHO: Andy Holzhauser, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance executive director
Janelle Lee, Uptown Consortium director of community and business affairs

WHY: The Green Your Home contest kicks off May 11 in an effort to alert Uptown residents to the work of the new Uptown Green Initiative and the energy efficiency mission of the Energy Alliance.

During the Green Your Home contest, each registrant will connect to the online home energy comparison portal that allows homeowners to assess their current energy use and measure their home’s performance. One registrant from each of the five Uptown neighborhoods will win a free energy assessment which includes a three to five hour visual inspection and a blower door test to measure the extent of air leaks in the home. Diagnostic tests will be performed to ensure that combustion appliances are operating safely. Depending on need, the grand prize winner will receive a free full home energy efficiency improvement that may include insulation, air and duct sealing, and equipment improvements, plus up to a $1,000 in energy efficient windows, totaling up to $7,500 in home energy improvements.

There are no income requirements for participation and single-family homeowners in Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Clifton Heights, Fairview, University Heights, and Mt. Auburn are welcome to enter.

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Green Careers Program

Energy Alliance Supporting the Future of Green Jobs

Hughes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) High School students recently participated in a week long Green Careers program courtesy of the Mill Creek Restoration Project (MCRP). 

MillCreek-1Students involved participated in hands-on activities such as water quality monitoring, ecological landscaping, touring LEED certified buildings and conducting a home energy assessment with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

On Thursday April 14th, Doug Sawan opened up his home to students for a comprehensive home energy assessment with Mike Robinson, Residential Energy Services Manger for the Energy Alliance. Mike walked the students through the steps conducted by contractors on a typical home performance energy assessment, including an overall visual inspection, carbon dioxide (CO2) combustion calculation, blower door test, insulation inspection, and overall summary of the home’s performance.

MillCreek-2(1)The students started their day with a visual inspection of the home’s exterior. With clipboards in hand, they began he assessment by determining the overall square footage and volume of the home.

Once the initial outside inspection was complete, Mike led the students into the basement and explained the process of inspecting the homes furnace and water heating units as well as determining the age, efficiency, and CO2 combustion of the units. Next was the blower door test where students were shown first-hand how air leaks and potential energy loss may occur. After a top to bottom inspection during the blower door test, students then collectively analyzed the results and helped determine an overall summary of energy efficiency in the home.MillCreek-3(1)

The assessment was a great experience for both the students and the Energy Alliance, and reinforced that learning about home performance can be fun, and even lead to a green career.

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City of Forest Park Passes Resolution to Support Residential Home Energy Improvements

On February 21, the Forest Park City Council passed the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Resolution to provide a unique opportunity for Forest Park residents to benefit from home energy savings through energy efficiency investments.

Chuck Johnson, Forest Park City Mayor, highlighted the value of the efficiency program for Forest park residents explaining that, “The City is very fortunate to be able to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.  The combination of their resources with those from our Environmental Awareness Program will allow our residents to identify and make energy efficiency improvements to their homes which will benefit them for many years.  Participants in the program will enjoy greater comfort while reducing their energy costs.”

The Energy Alliance and the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program have developed a partnership that will subsidize both home energy assessments and energy improvement projects.  Forest Park residents who participate in this program will only have to contribute $50 for a comprehensive home energy assessment ($500 value) to discover energy saving opportunities such as sealing air leaks, insulating wall space and attics, and analyzing the efficiency & safety of a home’s furnace and other combustion systems.

Based on recommendations from the professional home energy assessment, Forest Park residents can then choose to go to the next step of making some or all of the recommended energy incentive improvements.  To help with the improvement costs, the Energy Alliance will provide a 35% incentive for the recommended home energy improvements. In addition, qualifying Forest Park homeowners will also receive an additional 15% incentive from the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program, totaling up to 50% in incentives for home energy improvements.  Residents are encouraged to sign up early, as the Energy Alliance $50 home energy assessment and 35% home energy improvement incentive is a limited time offer.

The Energy Alliance makes it easy and affordable for residents and nonprofits to invest in energy efficiency improvements to their buildings.  The Energy Alliance helps building owners connect with contractors to assess energy saving opportunities, access Energy Alliance and other related financial incentives, and assist in the quality implementation of building improvement projects. Hamilton County was one of seven local governments that has funding through the federally funded Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block grant to support residential and nonprofit energy efficiency projects in the region.  Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune noted that, “hundreds of energy assessments and over 50 home energy improvement projects have already been completed in our county, saving our residents money while improving the comfort and safety of their homes.  We believe that this partnership with Forest Park will contribute to significant growth of the program.”

Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, is excited by the opportunity to extend its partnership within Hamilton County by working with the City of Forest Park, to provide an added value to residents through offering an additional 15% incentive for home efficiency improvements.  Mr. Holzhauser recognized the efforts of Wright Gwyn sharing that, “he spearheaded this project from the beginning and approached the Energy Alliance with enthusiasm to help the community both improve their environment and save money at home”.

Wright Gwyn, Program Manager of the Forest park Environmental Awareness Program notes that residents are already signing up for the home energy assessment program and adds that, “if any Forest Park resident ever considered making home energy improvements, now may be the time”.  Sally Huffman, a Forest Park resident, was very pleased with her energy assessment, sharing that her contractor was very thorough in her inspection. Sally related that her contractor “checked the attic, doors, windows, furnace, water heater, air conditioner, garage and basement. She [Energy Alliance contractor] also blew air through the house to further determine where the leaks were.”  The Residential Energy Efficiency Program helped Sally invest in her home by taking advantage of the financial incentives provided by the Energy Alliance and the City of Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program.

Forest Park residents can learn more about the program and also sign up for a home energy assessment at the Forest Park Environmental website at http://www.forestpark.org/environmental. Residents are encouraged to register and schedule a home energy assessment as soon as they can.  Forest Park’s funding for the additional 15% incentive is anticipated to only be able to assist up to 50 to 75 homes.  Residents are also encouraged to attend an organizational and informational Meeting at the on March 22nd at 6:30 PM to learn more about the program and services available through the Energy Alliance.

For more information contact: Lilah Glick, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance Marketing and Community Outreach Director at .

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs.   GCEA was launched in January 2009, providing education, expertise, and innovative financing to  help Greater Cincinnati become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while creating local jobs throughout our community.

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